TE Coby Fleener - New Orleans Saints
|6-6, 247||Born: 9-20-1988||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 2|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): The Saints came out of the bye with a clear intent to get Fleener involved, even giving him a tight end around touch in the red zone to account for one of his two scores. Fleener will still be a boom/bust option week to week, but the boom is pretty big and the team is working reduce the busts.
Week 7: at Kansas City Chiefs
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Drew Brees dominated the Panthers' secondary last weekend - he was basically unstoppable with 34/49 for 465 yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown, taking just one sack for -5 yards. Brandin Cooks led the charge at receiver, with nine targets for 7/173/1, while Michael Thomas (five for 5/78/1), Coby Fleener (seven for 6/74/1 receiving, plus 1/2/1 rushing) and Josh Hill (five for 2/23/1) all pulled in TDs. Only Willie Snead (seven for 4/47/0) missed out on the scoring fest among the starting receivers last weekend. It's all good for the Saints in this phase of the game entering Week Seven. The Chiefs' pass defense averages 236.6 net passing yards allowed per game (12th in the NFL), with eight passing scores given out but a league-best nine interceptions generated. They are next-to-last in the NFL with just seven sacks this season, though, which can be a problem with New Orleans - if you allow Brees time to stand in the pocket he'll slice, dice, and julienne your secondary. Last week, Derek Carr managed 22/34 for 221 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown against this secondary, with two sacks taken for -4 yards, just under the usual pace against K.C., as the defense bounced back from a bad outing at Pittsburgh. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Kansas City has averaged 25 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (seventh-most in the NFL); and 34.1 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (third-most); with 8.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (12th-most). The recent numbers are skewed by the big game Ben Roethlisberger put up in Week Four (22/27 for 287 net yards passing allowed, five TDs given up and zero interceptions generated by K.C.) - most weeks they are pretty stout in this phase of the game. This looks like a neutral matchup for Brees and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 6 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 74 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 1 rush)
Fleener got involved early on, settling down in the middle of the field on New Orleans' first drive for seven yards. He caught a short stick-route in the right seam for five yards later in the series. A surprising playcall allowed Fleener to earn a rushing touchdown on a jet sweep off right tackle to punctuate the promising start. His next catch came very late in the first half, a simple checkdown for an easy five yards. The veteran added an exclamation point to his performance with a vertical route up the left seam, hauling in the pass between two defenders and accelerating through the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown. Fleener received two short crossing routes late in the fourth to gain four and three yards. The rushing touchdown was a bit fluky, but the 50-yard touchdown is a positive sign for his featured role at the heavily productive NO TE position.
2016 Week 4 vs SD (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Fleener's first target came on the Saints' second drive, a shallow crossing route against a voided zone for nine yards and a new set of downs. He ran an in-breaking route for a key first down on the team's opening drive of the third quarter. Later in the period, he ran a very shallow stick route breaking toward the sideline, but was immediately thrown down after a two-yard pickup. New Orleans spent zero effort trying to establish a downfield passing game, limiting Fleener's production on the seam routes in which he thrived on last week. He's still ironing out the kinks in his new stomping grounds, but rarely earns much separation.
2016 Week 3 vs ATL (11 / 7 / 109 / 1 rec)
With Willie Snead sidelined, getting Fleener the ball took on added urgency, and he delivered for the most part. Fleener got involved in the game early, finding space in the left flat off play-action for five yards on the second play of the game. He later punctuated the long drive with a touchdown, running free in the endzone on an uncovered crosser off play-action. Fleener served as a safety valve early on the following drive, settling down in the right flat for a yard, but suffered a brutal drop on the very next play that ended a drive. Just before halftime, Fleener ran a deep seam route into wide open grass before hauling in a pass for 32 yards to set up a field-goal attempt. Fleener's next reception came early in the fourth on a shallow crosser for nine. The ball went right back in his direction on the following play, another deep seam route in which he encouragingly fought through contact to secure a 36-yard gain. Later in the period, he won against man coverage over the middle of the field to finish his promising night with a 109-yard pickup. The encouraging performance can be partly attributed to Snead's absence, but even Drew Brees acknowledged rising trust in his TE and more beneficial production should follow.
2016 Week 2 vs NYG (8 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Hoping to rebound from his disappoint debut in a Saint uniform, Fleener unfortunately picked up just where he left off.Fleener was targeted on New Orleans' first third-down of the game, and although he had a step on his man coverage and the ball was placed perfectly into his hands, it fell incomplete. Fleener ran a shallow flat route midway through the second period to record his first catch, totaling seven yards underneath the defense. The offense continued to try to involve him in the attack, but two failed incompletions in the beginning of the third period had another disappointing day written in stone. Fleener finally had a notable gain midway through the fourth quarter, crossing through the middle of the field off play-action to gain 21 yards. The 25% success rate on his targets is anything but encouraging after last week's disappoint performance, and Fleener has to be downgraded to risky TE2 status until further notice.
2016 Week 1 vs OAK (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
It was an inauspicious debut in white and gold for the free-agent acquisition to say the least, as Fleener was a distant fourth option in New Orleans' passing attack. Fleener was targeted on the opening play of the game, but did not record the catch. Concerningly, his next target did not come until early in the fourth quarter, when he was unable to execute a vertical route up the right seam, letting his defender get in front of him and bat the pass away. Fleener's first catch as a Saint, his only one of the day, came on the following possession when he served as safety valve in the middle of the field while his quarterback was under pressure. There's still reason to believe the TE spot will return production in New Orleans' offense, but the transition for Fleener certainly hasn't started without a hitch.
Latest NewsSaints | Coby Fleener keeps up good word (Sun Oct 16, 08:23 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener managed six receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown in the Week 6 game against the Carolina Panthers. He was targeted seven times. Our View: Fleener also had a rushing score in a clear sign that the Saints are putting an emphasis on their big free agent pickup. He's a boom/bust TE option with the ability to put a top three score at the position in any given week, which makes tolerating his low points worth it at this point.
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